They say the higher the heel, the closer to heaven, but we’d beg to differ. Unless we’ve taped our toes together (no really, it’s a genius way to stop the pain), hours standing in heels sound a little closer to hell. With this reality in mind, we rounded up the best flats that have all the appeal of your sultriest stilettos, sans the discomfort.
Scroll through now to shop our picks—cutouts, leopard, studs, they’re all ahead!
Bionda Castana Black Leather PVC Studded Flats ($232)
The barely-there PVC straps are strangely elegant on these pointed-toe flats.
Charlotte Olympia Bisoux Suede Slipper-Style Loafers ($811)
From the cut-out lip motif to the leopard cap-toes, these loafers are pure whimsy.
Freda Salvador Wit Colorblock Cutout Oxfords ($365)
An unexpected cut-out takes these two-tone oxfords to new levels.
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Acne Studios Suede Cut Out Almita Flats ($322)
These western-inspired booties remind us of Erin Wasson.
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Sam Edelman Brina Studded Pointy-Toe Ankle-Wrap Flats ($110)
Tiny studs are a subversive touch.
Belle By Sigerson Morrison Ballerina Flats ($250)
Alexa Chung can’t get enough of ankle-strap shoes, and after spotting this pair, we can’t either.
Which do you prefer—flats or heels? Let us know in the comments below!